We've been hearing rumors of the iPad mini, which is destined to be a 7.85-inch iPad, down from it's bigger brother which sports a 10.1-inch screen. News comes from Instapaper developer, Marco Arment, who has discovered two new iPad device codes in his logs, which he believes point to the fact of an iPad mini.
The new identifiers arrive as "iPad2,5" and "iPad2,6". Arment notes that the iPad2,1 through to the iPad2,3 identifiers are known to link up to the iPad 2's WiFi, GSM and CDMA variants. The iPad2,4 was the die-shrunk, slightly cheaper version of the iPad 2 that was released with the third-generation 'new iPad'. The Retina-powered iPad has the designation of iPad3,x.
iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 have not been seen before, and line up with rumors of the iPad mini being released shortly:
The much more likely explanation is that iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 are the new "iPad Mini" in Wi-Fi and GSM, and I haven't recorded the likely iPad2,7 CDMA version yet.
If so, this suggests that the iPad Mini is, effectively, an iPad 2: an A5 with 512 MB of RAM and enough GPU power to drive the Gruber Display, but not a Retina Display.
It's a textbook Tim Cook supply-chain move: selling the last generation's hardware at a lower price point to expand marketshare.
If you're looking to purchase the latest and greatest iPhone when it is released by Apple, rumored to be announced September 12, you might have even more difficulty than usual. Sources close to Sharp's production of the screen for the device have said Sharp is experiencing issues with the screen which has delayed the start of mass production.
If Apple is unable to obtain enough supply for the next-gen iPhone, it will place restraints on how many can be produced and sold, limiting availability and sales numbers. Sharp was supposed to begin shipping the screen at the end of August, but has been unable to start mass-producing due to the technical issues.
It is unknown when Sharp will be able to begin shipping the screens. Remember, the screens then have to be installed in the device, so there is still lead time, even after the screens have started shipping. If you want the next iPhone, I suggest you wait in line, or it could be awhile before supply picks up.
This @evleaks has done a good job of finding Nokia's upcoming phone pictures and has done us a favor by leaking them onto the internet. This time, he has leaked a picture of the Nokia Lumia 820, which is an upcoming Windows Phone 8 device that features a 4.3-inch screen and appears to come in many colors.
Taking a wild stab, I'm going to guess that this is the mid-range Arrow device that Nokia will be launching at their September 5 press conference in New York. Like the previous leak by @evleaks, not much is known about this phone as all he (she) provided is a picture of the devices.
Thanks to @evleaks on Twitter, we can now take a look at Nokia's flagship device, the Nokia Lumia 920. The Lumia appears to feature a PureView camera, something the company has been hinting at over the past few weeks. This device is codenamed Phi and is Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 device. It appears to be available in several colors, judging by the picture.
There are no other details available on the device, but that will soon change. On September 5, Microsoft and Nokia are holding a joint press conference where it is expected they will reveal this, and other, devices.
These RumorTT posts should stop about the new iPhone on September 12, when Apple will hold their press event, and hopefully unveil the new iPhone. The latest rumor to hit the mill is a photo from 'hacker' and 9to5Mac researcher, Sonny Dickson, that shows a next-gen iPhone logic board.
What makes this different to previous photos of the board, is the chip itself, showing an 'A6' processor. Apple's A6 processor is quad-core processor, doubling from the previous A5 processor found in the current iPhone. There have also been rumors that the A6 processor is based on, wait for it, Samsung's Exynos 4 design. Yes, Apple play friendly with Samsung, as they have a 'firewall' between their business relationships.
We know that Amazon are rumored to be close to launching a next-gen Kindle Fire, but it looks like the retailer are now 'sold out' of the e-book reader. They've also teased that they've got "an exciting roadmap ahead". Amazon also took this time to point out the success of their e-book reader, where they've claimed its the number one best-selling product in their history, taking in a 22% tablet share in the US within just nine months.
But, the company didn't have any sales figures to make this claim concrete, instead market research firm IDC says that Amazon have shipped 1.2 million Kindle Fires in Q2 2012, which gives Amazon third place in the global tablet market with 5%. Samsung's Galaxy Tab range, and Apple's iPad range obviously consume virtually everything else, taking out number two, and one positions, respectively.
Dell shows a very unique looking Windows 8 convertible notebook, brings back the Duo brand at the same time
We've seen a bunch of Windows 8-based devices announced and shown off this week thanks to the IFA event being held in Berlin right now, and Dell have just joined the ranks with a very cool looking, but different Windows 8-based convertible notebook.
The new product from Dell brings back the Duo brand, which should excite some people. It sports a netbook design that allows the display to flip vertically 180 degrees inside the frame of the display itself. I'm not sure how many times you'd be able to do this without it breaking (or at least feeling like it's going to break) but it is a seriously cool looking convertible notebook. Dell is making this outing of the Duo brand a premium device, sporting a machined aluminum carbon fiber design, as well as featuring Corning's Gorilla Glass. Welcome to the Dell XPS Duo 12.
It looks as though Samsung has stolen some of Nokia's and Microsoft's thunder by announcing a Windows Phone 8 device at IFA before Nokia managed to at their September 5 press conference in New York. Samsung, the world's largest smartphone developer, has returned to Windows Phone and brought with it some stylish design.
Looking at the picture above, I see "iPhone...lawsuit" written all over the design. In my opinion, this phone looks closer to an iPhone than the Epic 4g which was found to infringe. It's interesting that Samsung would want to design something so close to an iPhone when they just lost $1 billion to Apple over exactly the same thing.
Lawsuits aside, the device features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display which is protected by Gorilla Glass on both sides. The dimensions come in at 137.2x70.5x8.7mm, so the device is quite easy on the pocket. Curiously enough, Nokia doesn't seem bitter. Instead, they were seen outside the IFA building welcoming Samsung back to Windows Phone:
Current rumors peg Apple at announcing their new iPhone in a matter of days, and now we have some news that might delight iPhone 4S owners. Apple are looking to help you out with pricing on the new, yet unannounced iPhone, with their Reuse and Recycle program.
Using the program, you can select the model, color and condition of your iPhone 4S, or other Apple-branded devices, which will then give you a price that Apple believe your device is worth. Apple's top-end iPhone 4S 64GB model is worth $345, for example.
Before Apple announced the iPhone 4S, they were offering $200 for an iPhone 4 16GB model, so it would make sense that the new iPhone is just days away from being announced. We've previously reported that the new iPhone would be announced on September 12, with the smartphone shipping on September 21.
Motorola have announced they are holding a joint event with chipmaker, Intel, on September 18. Considering the two announced a collaboration back in January at CES, could see see the first Intel-powered smartphone from Motorola announced on September 18?
Motorola have an invitation out, it doesn't say much, apart from "let us take you to the edge". Edge seems highlighted, so could we expect a new phone from Motorola with an 'Edge' branding? There's been rumors of the handset for a little while now, but nothing concrete.
Rumors pointed to it running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but I'd expect a flagship, Intel-powered phone to be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean if it's being announced in mid-September. In any case, it's all exciting for the smart device industry right now!
Where was this when I was in Taiwan for Computex, eh? LG have just unveiled their Optimus L9 smartphone ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin. LG's Optimus L9 sports a 4.7-inch high-def IPS display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear snapper, and 2,150mAh battery.
But, there is a new feature on the block here, and that feature is LG's QTranslator app. QTranslator uses OCR technology and has the capability of translating words and sentences from 44 difference source languages to over 60 user languages.
LG haven't unveiled any pricing, or availability yet, but it does look like a hot piece of smartphone. LG are definitely in their stride right now, with the Optimus L9's announcement hot on the heels of the in-cell-based Optimus G.
The IFA technology show in Berlin kicks off today, and Sony have shown off their Xperia Tablet S which looks like a Sony-branded Microsoft Surface tablet. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as the Xperia Tablet S sports a Surface-like cover, with a keyboard built-in.
The cover is an optional accessory, coming in at $100. Xperia Tablet S has some decent specs, sporting a 9.4-inch 1280x800 display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, an IR blaster that can control your TV, Blu-ray and DVD players as well as cable boxes, NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor, an 8-megapixel rear snapper and a 1-megapixel front-facer for video chats and Facebook selfies. The 9.4-inch tablet rocks Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for its OS.
Sony's Xperia Tablet S weighs in at just 1.26 pounds. Sony will also offer a $100 standard docking stand, as well as an upgraded model that would include built-in speakers for $129. As for pricing, the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models will be priced at $399, $499 and $599, respectively. Pre-orders are available right now, and the tablet will begin shipping on September 7, just over a week from now.
If you're an owner of a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, listen up. If you want to jump over to Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, now is your time. It's not an official over-the-air (OTA) update, but if you like living your mobile OS life on the edge, you can upgrade to Jelly Bean.
Android Central reports from their forums, where member 'dmmarck' has posted an end-to-end guide on throwing your phone into the can of jelly beans. There are some steps you'll need to do first, which involve going back to stock, unlocking the device, and flashing it, too.
Check out this link for the full 'semi-official' Jelly Bean update to the Verizon Galaxy Nexus. If you end up doing this, please let us know how you go!
It seems as though no company can keep a secret anymore. Samsung has just suffered a leak, albeit only a few hours prior the official announcement. But, be that as it may, we are going to share with you the official specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, thanks to PocketNow who obtained the press release.
As rumored, and previously thought, the new Samsung Galaxy Note II will feature a 5.5-inch 1280x720 screen, which means it will have a true 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen will be similar to the original, both in resolution and in type--the new one is the same HD Super AMOLED panel. Along with the bigger screen, the Galaxy Note II will receive a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU (type unknown at this time).
It will also feature 2GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera on the rear, and a 1.9 MP camera on the front. Better yet, the new Note II will feature a battery that has more capacity than the original--3,100mAh vs 2,500mAh--while the device will be slimmer. However, the device ends up weighing 2 grams more than the original, big deal.
Most importantly, the device will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so there will be no waiting around to get an update. The Note II ships in Europe starting in October.
Samsung hasn't exactly set any speed records for releasing updates to Android for its line of tablets. However, the fact that it is has already put them ahead of a large majority of manufacturers. When the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-FI got its update to Android ICS, it left many users of the 8.9 Wi-Fi wondering where there's was as the devices are nearly identical.
Well, in good time, Samsung has taken care of it's Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi owners and released an update via OTA or Samsung's Kies app. The update is 313.96MB and just started rolling out in the U.S. The update is virtually identical to it's big brother's and packs Android 4.0.4 with an updated TouchWiz UI.
As we reported previously, it appeared that Samsung was preparing a Samsung S III in black. We found this out thanks to leaked pictures, and now we know that we had just scratched the surface. Samsung has said the color availability will vary by carrier and region, though they haven't said which colors are going where.
The Samsung PR machine had a bit of fun writing this press release, I'm sure. Take a look:
Elegant, intelligent and stylish, the Samsung GALAXY S III is designed for humans and inspired by nature. This design ethos is brought to life through the new colour variants, which are all derived from man's relationship with natural materials and perfectly compliment the handset's organic experience.
Amber Brown*: Inspired by the mysterious and unique gem, which was believed to sustain the secrets of the earth inside it. The deep, rich colour of Amber Brown redefines the classic colour and emphasizes the beauty of the advanced organic design of the GALAXY S III.
Garnet Red*: Rare and special, the gemstone Almandite Garnet was worn as an amulet by the ancient Egyptians who believed the stone contained protective powers. Garnet Red holds the delicateness and elegance of Almandite Garnet, in line with the GALAXY S III's soft curves and smooth lines.
Motorola RAZR M 4G LTE will sport 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core chip, topped with a little Ice Cream Sandwich
Motorola looks to be coming back with an LTE-powered device to arrive on US telco, Verizon. Engadget are reporting that the Motorola XT907 is now known as the Droid RAZR M 4G LTE, which will feature a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) Super AMOLED Advanced display, which should also sport a ColorBoost panel.
What are Motorola baking inside of this new RAZR M 4G LTE? We should expect Qualcomm's dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p video, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, full GSM/UMTS/HSPA+ global roaming, 8GB of internal storage backed up with microSD support.
The RAZR M is also set to offer NFC, Android 4.0 ICS, Gorilla Glass 2, and the Kevlar-based tech protects the back of the device. All of this comes in a device that weighs in at 4.44 ounces. Motorola is holding an event on September 5, where we should hear some more information.
LG officially unveil the Optimus G, features 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 4.7-inch screen with in-cell touch
We've reported on LG's mysterious 'superphone' twice now, but it looks like the phone has been officially outed by LG. We'd like to introduce LG's Optimus G, and with it, LG are looking Samsung right in the eye and going for their jugular.
LG's Optimus G lands in Korea next month, and will be the first LTE-powered, quad-core CPU phone on the market. The exact chip is Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, which is a 1.5GHz quad-core beast of a chip, but that's not the best bit. Optimus G sports LG's fully integrated touch technology, "in-cell", providing a thinner screen, and bezel.
It's a True HD, 1280x768, IPS LCD and LG are claiming that when the smartphone is turned off, the 3mm bezel and body of the phone match the screen - very, very nice. Optimus G also bakes in 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear snapper, 1.3-megapixel front facer, and a 2,100mAh battery, all housed in a phone that is just 8mm thick. One of the downfalls, is that the Optimus G will only launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and not the freshly-baked Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sob.
New images that are supposedly of the front assembly of the upcoming new iPhone are showing a component, that until now, hasn't been seen before. The screenshot below shows a chip, which some are saying is an near field communication (NFC) chip.
This is a big, big 'RumorTT' post, so we, nor the source, can verify whether this is indeed real, but it would make sense. The photos were found over the weekend by Chinese site, Apple.pro, which reportedly show a fully-assembled next-gen iPhone front assembly. If Apple make the new iPhone NFC-capable, it would really push the technology to another level. NFC tech is already here, but its not yet widespread enough to make enough impact.
The new iPhone is nearly here, are you excited? I'm looking forward to seeing if Apple can push the envelope once again, or if we're looking at a slightly bigger, slightly faster iPhone 4S.
I'm not all that excited for Windows 8 on desktop, but mobile devices like tablets and hybrid beasts are going to be amazing with Microsoft's upcoming operating system. Sony has made the news today with PocketNow reporting of their upcoming VAIO Duo 11.
Sony's VAIO Duo 11 looks to be an 11-inch device, thanks to the '11' in its name, and the 'Duo' parts seems to point toward the fact that its a convertible tablet. More details on the device aren't available right now, but it looks like the convertible tablet also sports the ability to use a stylus pen.
This means we should be able to use the Sony tablet as a normal tablet with our fingers, and when we want to do some handwriting, we can whip out the stylus pen and go all Picasso on the VAIO Duo 11. The keyboard looks to be backlit, which is another bonus. The keyboard is not detachable, and I think this is a great idea. These hybrid devices should sport a thin, but attached, keyboard. Typing on a tablet feels ridiculous, and if you can type relatively fast, you'll respect Sony's decision to include an attached keyboard.
Those XDA developers can do the most wonderful things, and today they've done something wonderful yet again. They've decided to bake a complete build of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the original Motorola Droid, which is the company's most popular Android-based device.
A reader of Droid-Life has reported that with his flashed Droid that the ROM is very functional, and that only the camera seems to be either slow, or doesn't work. One other feature missing is Google Now, but I'm sure that you could forgive Google Now, and be content with Jelly Bean on the Droid.
There's some instructions and a download link, right here.